Very entrepreneurial and focused company. You see your results in the market.
Development Specialist II - Process Development (Former Employee), Burr Ridge, IL – May 22, 2014
Pros: very entrepreneurial company
Cons: technology cycles can be very short!
I really enjoyed working with world leading scientists and engineers to develop a new revolutionary technology to control the freezing step during lyophilization. This technology is currently in the market and I feel really proud of being a part of this technology development.
Quality Technician (Current Employee), Weston-super-Mare, ENG – April 15, 2014
Position involves a variety of responsibilities both within a laboratory setting and a health and Safety role. Within the laboratory environment the position involves various tasks including the chemical and metallurgical analysis of test pieces using colorimetric, gravimetric and microscopy techniques. In addition I regularly analyse samples from the – more... effluent treatment facility using an atomic absorption machine, chemical analysis of the on-site plating tanks using gravimetric and titration techniques and carrying out particle size analysis on purchased powder samples using a mastersizer machine. I am also heavily involved in the purchasing of new laboratory equipment such as ovens, hotplates and fume cupboards as well as laboratory consumables. I am responsible for organising the laboratory ensuring we are adhering to NADCAP audit requirements through chemical labelling, ensuring chemical concentrations are within set control limits, pH meter, pipette and balance calibrations. I also have experience in rewriting plant and corporate quality documents and carrying out internal environmental audits in regards to waste treatment, storage and disposal to ensure compliance with ISO 14001. – less
Cons: worked in all weather conditions lost all ot
I wish I would have never left. Great pay!!! Good benefits Awesome people Just the scheduling wasn't reasonable an we lost all over time here We used to get 55 to 60plus hours a week and Saturdays upon request because there is always something to do an The crew an I Always wanted the work an OT
Accounts Receivable (Former Employee), Ankeny, IA – March 15, 2014
Pros: hour lunch
Cons: job security
Performed clerical duties and called accountants to confirm if payment was sent or an estimated timeframe when to expect payment. If companies don't have enough credit to purchase items ran credit report to see if credit limit can be raised.
I appreciated the job, and learned much about an industry to which I had not had much exposure.
Production Technician 1 (Former Employee), Woodinville, WA – February 27, 2014
Pros: learned about processes of which i had no previous knowledge. appreciated fellow employees, which was a widely diverse culture.
Cons: training was almost non-existent. i had to teach myself, and ask questions until i got an answer. learned a lot by observing.
I always enjoy learning new processes and procedures. While there was some cross-learning with the compressed gas industry...specifically the fire shop chemicals...this was a higher learning about chemicals. Much of it was fascinating to me. I really enjoyed the cross-section of employees, as each of us brought our own experiences to the workplace.
It – more... is important to note that Praxair Specialty Ceramics, or Praxair Surface Technologies (the title changed three times while I was there) was a small, privately owned company when it was purchased by Praxair, some 15 years ago. The founder was kept on as the Production manager, as was the five-man staff of chemists and engineers. As orders came in, the workforce grew to top out in the mid 30s.
I believe in the chain of command, and reported any problems, or issues, to the lead man. He in turn would address them as he saw fit. Others didn't feel that way, and went into the head manager's office and complained about other employees. Such complaining was never addressed by the manager, until he got frustrated, and some people's motivation suffered. The leadership is incredibly smart and knowledgeable in the fields of chemistry and engineering, and the bulk of my interaction with them was to ask questions about the process, the characteristics of chemical reaction, and so on. They didn't do so well in managing people, and there were a lot of hard feelings. It didn't help that the lead man did not want to be the lead man, and was reluctant to 'get involved'.
Much of the work was monotonous, so a good thought life while paying attention was a plus. Often in such work environments, if there is a challenge, it can be the monotony. I was able to teach others that the monotony can be a danger, as surely as getting burned by the ovens or crushed by machinery.
A persistent error in the production process performed by long-term employees resulted in the suspension of the major account that was responsible for the addition of new employees. This resulted in layoffs, of which I was one. That process has now been moved to another state, so the reduction of the workforce is finalized.
I appreciate the opportunity I was given, and met some wonderful people, including the plant manager. I learned much about an industry of which I had very little knowledge. For that I am grateful. – less
Nice workplace with outdoor Tennis court, basket ball court and jogging track
Lead Developer - Sharepoint 2010 (Current Employee), Tonawanda, NY – February 18, 2014
A typical day at work is packed with meetings, demos, requirement analysis and coding.
Over past 2 years I had an opportunity to work on various technologies like Nintex workflows, Quest Migrator tool, Migration from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, building custom application pages, custom workflows, timer jobs, custom web parts etc
Management – more... and co-workers at Praxair are very friendly and they take work very seriously. Everyone is aware about their responsibilities and they are highly accountable and professional. – less